CBS and Viacom thinking of buying Joost?

May 23, 2021

This is one crazy rumor (or maybe not that crazy)… so take it for what it is worth, entertainment value: is speculating that CBS and Viacom might be interested in buying Joost:

- CBS and Viacom launching a joint venture to counter
- using Joost
- and rebranding it all under the moniker.

The blog post is a little hard to read but go ahead and be your own judge.


Reuters are now picking on the story:

Adobe Media Player: Joost done right

April 10, 2021

OK, I am sure I will ear about this one but I will write it any way.

Today I decided to install Adobe Media Player on my Mac.  The install was rather painless.  It required the installation of Adobe Air before the actual Media Player installation.

Once everything is installed and you agree to the terms of reference you are granted with a nicelly done Media Player Client.  The client is visually appeling to the eye and use a similar color scheme as Joost.  The actual layout of the media player is rather similar too… but there is only so many way to crack an egg.

My 1st surprise was to find some CBS content that will actually play in Canada.  Exactly!  Finally some US content that will play up north.  I was able to start a full episode of CSI NewYork. I can watch big US productions on Adobe Media Player that won’t play in Joost… So I won’t need to use BT anymore to watch those!  This is great news!

The video quality of the episodes is actually amazing.  Much better than Joost actually.  And I have yet to see any stuttering.  This is the kind of quality and content that I have been waiting for with Joost but never got to see.

Another nice feature of the player is it’s “browser” like navigation that also act like a file folder browser.  It has a nice “navigation bar” at the top that behave similar to your typical “browser” toolbar.  It has a nice “home button”, “back” button, etc.

The left section of the screen present “channels” style link with a nice scroll bar that is actually usable.  Joost never delivered usable scrollbars in it’s client. Adobe MP also sport an interface that also feel “snappy”.  Joost feel slugish at times, where Adobe always feel like things are reacting right away. You really have to try both to understand.

This player is somewhat what I described Joost should be a couple of months ago.   Too bad they are taking so long to come up with a decent web version of the client.  Adobe certainly took the lead here.  Great player, great content, great video quality.

Joost, can you do better than Apple?  And please, bring some good US content to Canada!  Apparently Adobe is able to do it… unless it was an oversight that will be closed shortly…  I have sent a question to Adobe PR (Russell Brady) about this.  Hopefully I will receive an answer soon and will update this port with more details.

CBS goes live streaming on Joost today

March 12, 2021

Joost will make live-streaming video available to all its users tomorrow; it has also scored a deal with its investor CBS to live stream March Madness. A new client should be ready for download by about noon ET on Wednesday, the company told NewTeeVee today.

The first public live broadcast is on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET; it will be a video chat with the Joost technical team to give the software a run-through. From next Thursday, when the first round of the NCAA basketball championships starts, every game in the series will be shown live and commercial-free update: Joost got back to us and said they were mistaken; the broadcast will actually have CBS’ in-stream ads, but no additional ads. And expats and fans from abroad should be pleased: There will be no geographic restrictions imposed on the content.

This is only a test, warns Joost, which has had reliability problems in the past. “If you’re a sports junkie with money on the game you may not want to depend on us for the last 2 minutes of the game,” said Joost VP of engineering Matt Zelesko, who replaced fired CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik. “We expect it will probably break.”

The company can’t simulate how things will work until it has a lot of users pushing video through the peer-to-peer network, Zelesko explained. “To evaluate how it scales we need to open this up to more public audiences.” Joost has been downloaded some 5 million times; Zelesko said he’s hoping tens of thousands of users will show up to bang on the new live P2P infrastructure.

Joost has been quietly testing live streaming over the past few weeks. Zelesko said that in early tests, video is delayed by under a second, which is pretty awesome compared to what you’ll get from other live video services (I did an interview on Ustream yesterday, for example, that was delayed a full 30 seconds).

Although the cost of such a project is going to be significant, Zelesko said that this spring’s March Madness will not include any advertising that nets revenue for Joost. When we asked about the advantage of using Joost’s client approach vs. streaming through the web (something Joost hasn’t done yet but has said it may), Zelesko said, “I wouldn’t rule out other ways of watching Joost content in the future, but for now it’s the client.”

Live streaming is becoming a necessity for every online video offering — which is somewhat ironic, considering we’ve all just been through the TiVo revolution. But for sports especially, live just makes sense. YouTube has said it will be the next to jump in.

Source: NewTeeVee

CBS: Joost not dead in the water

March 6, 2021

CBS Interactive president Quincy Smith, whose CBS Audience Network of online video sites includes a partnership with Joost, isn’t one of them.Speaking to a small gathering of tech and media reporters at CBS’ New York headquarters Thursday, Smith gave a firm “no” when asked if Joost-which requires a software download and has slipped from the Web video radar since its buzzworthy debut-was dead in the water. “(Mike) Volpe knows what he’s doing,” Smith said of the Cisco Systems veteran who serves as the start-up’s CEO. “It’s got a good team.”

Smith did add that he thinks Joost should be Web-based, not a download.


Akamai Unveils Unique View Of The High-Definition Internet

October 30, 2021

Akamai Technologies has announced The HDWeb, a ‘proof-of-concept’ portal designed to showcase the experience consumers can have with high definition content online. The Website, available at, showcases content from a variety of industries including music, movies, professional sports, games and news.

Akamai customers are now delivering a consistent, high-definition video experience on Akamai’s uniquely distributed edge delivery platform that is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of high-definition (HD) files online.

As an industry leader and pioneer in online video, Akamai has raised the bar for what a service provider must offer companies in order to deliver this content effectively and efficiently online today.

Companies providing HD content for the initiative include Apple, BBC Motion Gallery, CBS, Gannett, MTV Networks, NBA and more.

Bringing together broadband ISPs, content providers, technology providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, this groundbreaking initiative is designed to build the framework to galvanize the industry around thepotential of HD online.


Joost adding fresh content from CBS and others

September 24, 2021

You might not have noticed but Joost is starting to release fresh content from CBS shows on a weekly basis. For example, Episodes of Survivor:China (yes, this season show) are showing up on Joost CBS channel a few days after airing in the US. And it is not the only one. Add to this list Numb3rs, CSI.

If Joost start adding more weekly/daily content like this it will certain address some users complain regarding content availability. For now most of the new big channel content is limited to US residents only. But hopefully this will change in the future and more big names shows will become available outside the US.

One issue I have with Joost programs is that they are not consistently named… and this can make it hard to find what you are looking for. Take, for example, the new (old) “V” series that was just added (Not showing on Joost site yet but OnTheToob picked it as being recently added… so keep an eye for it). Shows are listed as “V – Liberation Day”, “V – Dreadnaught”, etc. Unless you know how the show was aired by name you might be able to figure out what to watch in the right sequence. But if you are like me you won’t have a clue (Google is your friend here).

Instead Joost should rename the shows to be “V – s01e01 – Liberation Day” and make it standard for series. This way you know, by looking at the name, that this is the 1st episode of V from season 1.

CBS Audience Network Goes “Hyperlocal”

September 11, 2021

CBS Interactive announced today that it is joining forces with CBS owned Television, CBS RADIO and CBS Affiliated stations to make the CBS Audience Network hyperlocal. “Leveraging CBS’s local footprint is a big step forward for the Network,” said Joe Ferreira, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Audience Network. At the same time, CBS local sites gain direct access to CBS video content and boost engagement, while the CBS Audience Network benefits overall — receiving local content from the industry’s largest major market television and radio station groups.”

In addition to expanding the online syndication of CBS Entertainment, News and Sports content to local sites, today’s announcement will bring locally-produced programming from the Company’s owned and affiliated television and radio stations to the CBS Audience Network. Scott Blumenthal, Executive Vice President, Television, LIN Television Corp., and Chair, CBS Television Network Affiliates Association, commented: “Making CBS affiliates a significant partner in the CBS Audience Network is key to the Affiliate Association’s ongoing efforts to maximize the sales and promotion value of our local and network on-air and on-line assets, expanding the service and reach that each CBS affiliate provides to its audiences and its advertisers. The previously announced online partners making up the syndication side of the CBS Audience Network includes AOL, Microsoft, CNET Networks, Comcast, Joost, Bebo, Netvibes, Sling Media and Veoh. All CBS content on the CBS Audience Network is advertiser supported and free to the consumer.

Source: CBS Broadcasting Inc. / CBS Corporation

CBS partner with Brightcove for news distribution

June 18, 2021

CBS News and Brightcove, the Internet TV pioneer, today announced that CBS News will use the Brightcove service to syndicate ad-supported video from CBS News across the Internet.  The partnership will expand non-linear distribution of CBS News content, available today on AOL News, Comcast and YouTube, to thousands of small and medium-sized websites and blogs.

In partnering with CBS News, Brightcove adds broadcast network news content to its growing portfolio of partners in the Brightcove Syndication Marketplace and will also feature CBS News on

Brightcove is an Internet TV service and are dedicated to harnessing the inherent power of the Internet to transform the distribution and consumption of media.

Brightcove empowers content owners—from independent producers to major broadcast networks—to reach their audiences directly through the Internet. At the same time, we help web publishers enrich their sites with syndicated video programming, and we give marketers more ways to communicate and engage with their consumers.

Most importantly, Brightcove give people the freedom to easily find, watch and participate in a broad range of video content—when and where they choose.

[Via Brightcove]

CBS officially partner with Joost

April 12, 2021

NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ — Joost(TM), the world’s firstbroadcast- quality Internet television service, and CBS today announced that programming from America’s most watched network will be available on the Joost platform when the service launches in spring 2007. Content to be made available is coming from across the CBS divisions and includes new and previously-aired, full episodes from popular, current CBS programs, including the full CSI franchise: CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, CSI: NY and CSI: MIAMI, NCIS, NUMB3RS, SURVIVOR and brands including SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, CSTV, CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC and CBS SPORTSLINE.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CBS partnered with Joost early on as a key launch partner and is the first broadcast network to join Joost’s growing list of acclaimed content providers.

“Joost combines best-in-class technology with superb video quality and a management team with a proven track record,” said Quincy Smith, President, CBS Interactive. “Partnering with Joost for the CBS Interactive Audience Network showcases our content and community on a service that
allows for unique advertising opportunities and a delivery framework that maximizes cost efficiency.”

Founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, Joost is powered by a secure, efficient, piracy-proof Internet platform that enables premium interactive video experiences while guaranteeing copyright protection for content owners and creators.

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president, content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “We are excited about partnering with CBS, as the premiere provider of top-notch content for television audiences. CBS came to Joost early on as the Joost platform is perfectly suited to high quality distribution of CBS’ franchise properties to online communities.

Through this partnership, CBS will make its highly rated television properties available for new and existing audiences by making its content accessible in a community-driven, interactive environment that complements existing distribution models.”

Joost viewers will be able to enjoy CBS channels and content within theUS, anywhere they connect to the Internet via a broadband connection, while select clips and full-length sports programming will be available worldwide. Through Joost, viewers can watch their favorite CBS series through a customizable platform with advanced television viewing features, such as links that lead to more information or related websites based on the content and a variety of plug-in applications, such as instant messaging, message boards, and news tickers.

The CBS programming to be made available on Joost includes the following:

- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- CSI: Miami
- Numb3rs
- Survivor
- Jericho
- Fat Actress
- Free for All
- CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
- CBS Sportsline
- Showtime Original Movies
- Showtime Boxing

Janus Friis, founder of Joost added, “Being able to offer Joost viewers award-winning CBS content is extremely exciting for Joost both because it’s a testament to the value we offer our content partners and because it ensures that our viewers are going to have a trusted source to view their new favorites as well as classics.”

Currently available in an expanded beta, Joost combines the best of TV and the best of the Internet by offering viewers a unique, TV-like experience enhanced with the choice, control and flexibility of Web 2.0.
Joost is the first online, global TV distribution platform, bringing together advertisers, content owners and viewers in an interactive, community-driven environment. Joost can be accessed with a broadband Internet connection and offers broadcast-quality content to viewers for free.


CBS to offer content on Joost… maybe

April 12, 2021

CBS is close to announcing deals to distribute TV shows to various Web sites, including Microsoft’s MSN and Time Warner’s AOL, according to a Thursday report on The Wall Street Journal’s Web site.

The Journal said CBS could announce the agreements on Thursday. The deals will make previously aired episodes of CBS shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the Evening News with Katie Couric and some sports programming available to the sites, the paper said.

CBS is also expected to announce an agreement with Joost, an online-video service founded by the creators of Internet telephone service Skype, the Journal said.

CBS wants to keep 90 percent of the ad revenue generated by its videos, while the remaining would go to its distribution partners, the Journal cited unnamed sources as saying.

The company is also in talks to have a new NBC Universal-News Corp. venture distribute its shows on a nonexclusive basis, the paper reported.

CBS could not be immediately reached for comment.